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  • South Carolina rain: 1.2 million gallons per person Thursday, 8 Oct 2015 | 12:06 PM ET
    Hunter Baker surveys flood damage to his neighborhood near the flooded Black Creek following heavy rains in Florence, S.C., Oct. 5, 2015.

    Here is a cluster of facts and figures about the historical rain that fell across South and North Carolina.

  • ST. LOUIS— Beneath the surface of a St. Louis- area landfill lurk two things that should never meet: a slow-burning fire and a cache of Cold War-era nuclear waste, separated by no more than 1,200 feet. Although the fire at Bridgeton Landfill has been burning since at least 2010, the plan for a worst-case scenario was developed only a year ago and never publicized until...

  • CNBC Explains: Why Americans lack flood insurance Tuesday, 6 Oct 2015 | 12:15 PM ET
    A vehicle and a home are swamped with floodwater from nearby Black Creek in Florence, South Carolina, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015.

    CNBC explains why there is a large gap between the number of households and amount of flood insurance policies in high-risk areas.

  • Historic flooding hits South Carolina Tuesday, 6 Oct 2015 | 10:00 AM ET
    Historic flooding hits South Carolina

    South Carolina's economic losses from the historic and deadly flooding will easily top $1 billion, experts say, but the looming issue for the state and federal government is that most of it will be uninsured.

  • S. Carolina flood losses: Who's going to pay? Tuesday, 6 Oct 2015 | 6:56 AM ET
    Flooding in the Shadowmoss Plantation, located in the Charleston subdivision of West Ashley, South Carolina, October 4, 2015.

    South Carolina's losses from the floods will easily top $1 billion, but the issue for the government is that most of it will be uninsured.

  • Sun's out but South Carolina's ordeal far from over Tuesday, 6 Oct 2015 | 6:21 AM ET
    Clare Reigard of Georgetown, South Carolina, abandons her car after it stalled on Duke Street due to heavy rains in Georgetown, South Carolina October 4, 2015.

    South Carolina was expecting sunshine after days of inundation, but it will take weeks for the state to return to normal after historic rainstorm.

  • '1,000-year' flood: Hyperbole or hard science? Monday, 5 Oct 2015 | 6:28 PM ET
    A man kayaks on Tall Pines Circle in Columbia, South Carolina, on Oct. 4, 2015.

    The flooding in South Carolina has been referred to as a once-in-a-1,000-year rain. It may sound like hyperbole, but it's actual science.

  • Cargo ship carrying 33 crewmen believed sunk Monday, 5 Oct 2015 | 2:35 PM ET
    Hurricane Joaquin is pictured in this satellite image off the east coast of the United States in this handout photo provided by NOAA GOES Project, taken October 5, 2015 at 0015 GMT.

    Authorities believe a cargo ship missing with 33 crewmen aboard was lost at sea and believed to have sunk in the teeth of Hurricane Joaquin.

  • Joaquin fizzles, but SC reels under heavy flooding Sunday, 4 Oct 2015 | 4:51 PM ET
    Alexandria, Virginia public works employees load sandbags for local citizens on October 2, 2015.

    In scores of swift-water rescues, emergency agencies scrambled in the rain to reach South Carolina residents trapped by floods, The NYT reports.

  • *Extended drought seen in southern Africa, floods in east. POTCHEFSTROOM, South Africa, Oct 2- Standing waist-deep in a hole, South African maize farmer Tom van Rooyen digs at the side with a small pickaxe. Poor rains are forecast for South Africa's maize belt because of the El Nino weather pattern, expected to bring more drought to already-parched southern regions...

  • Wall Street says ready if Joaquin hits New York Thursday, 1 Oct 2015 | 5:39 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 1- Wall Street has a new risk on its radar: Hurricane Joaquin. Sandy closed stock, bond and options markets for two days after it flooded Wall Street and much of lower Manhattan, knocking out power and forcing banks such as Goldman Sachs to pile sandbags in front of their buildings, book key employees into hotels and crank up generators.

  • Oct 1- U.S. energy companies prepared for the arrival of Hurricane Joaquin in the New York area Tuesday, as forecasts suggested the storm would head up the U.S. East Coast, following a course similar to Hurricane Sandy in 2012.. With the storm currently battering the Bahamas and days away from the United States, New York- area energy firms were putting personnel and...

  • Hurricane Joaquin could hit New York early next week Thursday, 1 Oct 2015 | 8:45 AM ET

    Oct 1- Hurricane Joaquin could hit the New York metropolitan area as a tropical storm on Tuesday, potentially following the destructive course of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, weather forecasters said on Thursday. It could hit the U.S. coast anywhere between North Carolina and Massachusetts, but the center of the NHC's latest storm track shows it hitting the New...

  • Sept 30- U.S. energy companies said on Wednesday they were preparing for the possibility that Hurricane Joaquin could hit the New York City area early next week, potentially following the destructive course of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.. Although the track is still uncertain, the NHC said the storm could land anywhere from North Carolina to New York early next...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 25- California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday directed $10 million from the state's budget reserve to help pay for the removal of huge amounts of burned debris left in the wake of two massive wildfires, the administration said. In a letter to leaders of the legislature's budget and appropriations committees, the Brown administration said...

  • COQUIMBO, Chile, Sept 18- Residents began rebuilding homes and businesses in Coquimbo on Friday, two days after tsunami waves triggered by a major earthquake battered the Chilean port city's waterfront neighborhoods. Soldiers patrolled the streets to prevent looting after President Michelle Bachelet's government declared an emergency in Coquimbo...

  • COQUIMBO, Chile, Sept 18- Residents started rebuilding their homes and businesses in Coquimbo on Friday, two days after a powerful earthquake and tsunami waves battered the port city. At least one strong aftershock shook Chile's Pacific seaboard on Friday as residents trying to salvage what they could from their properties urged the government to speed up the...

  • SANTIAGO, Sept 17- Chile's government declared on Thursday a state of emergency for the earthquake-hit region of Coquimbo, which was hardest hit by the Wednesday night temblor and ensuing tsunami waves.

  • *Copper prices dip after gaining on supply worries. ILLAPEL, Chile, Sept 17- Residents sifted through the rubble of destroyed buildings in central Chile on Thursday after a magnitude 8.3 earthquake killed 11 people and sent powerful waves barreling into coastal areas, forcing more than 1 million people from their homes. Aftershocks shook the South American...

  • LONDON, Sept 17- Copper hit nearly two-month highs on Thursday after a massive earthquake in top producer Chile but then retreated as reports showed little damage to mines so far. Two copper operations in Chile were restarting on Thursday after being suspended as a precaution in the wake of the 8.3- magnitude quake, which killed eight people and forced a million...